Tiffany Focus of Chrysler Museum Exhibit

Tiffany Studios (New York) Dragonfly Library Lamp, ca. 1905–10 Leaded glass; cast bronze Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

Tiffany Studios (New York) Dragonfly Library Lamp, ca. 1905–10 Leaded glass; cast bronze Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), one of America’s best known businessmen and most talented artists, directed an artistic empire in the design and creation of stunning leaded glass windows and lamps, blown glass vessels, mosaics, and other objects of luxury. Tiffany found great beauty in the natural world—the primary inspiration for his paintings and decorative work in metal, pottery, and glass. An exhibition in Norfolk at the Chrysler Museum of Art presents The Natural Beauty of Tiffany: Selections from the Chrysler Museum beginning August 18. Highlights of the exhibition include a garden of blown glass flowers, unique examples of ceramics and enamels, and some of the rarest and most expensive lamps known—the glorious blue Dragonfly and Pond Lily library lamps. The works of art are all from the Chrysler Museum’s world-famous Tiffany collection, which is nearly comprehensive in the area of blown glass and also includes mosaics, windows and lamps.

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